April 30, 2003
Days of Sorrow and Joy
Every year on the fifth of the Hebrew month Iyar (that day falls this year on May 7), Israel celebrates Israeli Independence Day to commemorate the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. Parties and parades are held all over Israel and the United States. Yom HaAtzmaut comes after the close of Yom HaZikaron, which is a day of remembrance and mourning for those who died fighting for the Israel. These days, we also remember those who have died in terrorist attacks. After the serious and sad activities of Yom HaZikaron, the mood changes from sorrow to celebration with the onset of Yom HaAtzmaut.
Having a Party
In addition to partying at the Israel Independance Day Festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Woodley Park in Encino on May 11, here are some other ways you can celebrate: